April 22, 2019

Vice President Pence To Visit Nebraska Amid Record Floods : NPR

Vice President Pence To Visit Nebraska Amid Record Floods : NPR


A railroad crossing is flooded with water from the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, after record high floodwaters inundated regions of the Midwest following an intense winter storm and rapid snow melt.

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A railroad crossing is flooded with water from the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, after record high floodwaters inundated regions of the Midwest following an intense winter storm and rapid snow melt.

Nati Harnik/AP

As floodwaters begin to recede, Vice President Mike Pence announced in a tweet that he will visit Nebraska on Tuesday to take stock of the devastation.

His visit comes as 74 cities, 65 counties, and four tribal areas, have declared states of emergency in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Water submerged large swaths of the state, as well as Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin, ravaging farms and swamping homes. At least four people have been killed and hundreds of others have been displaced.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Pence will be joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds.

Steve Hespen, the sheriff of Dodge County, Nebraska, told NPR that several levies were breached in the region he patrols after a “bomb cyclone” poured torrents of rain across the region, compounded with snow melt filling rivers and streams.

“I’ve lived in this area of Dodge County and Freemont all my life and this is the worst flood situation that I’ve ever encountered,” Hespen said.





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